MTI trainers earn top honors at EPA convention

EPA-Logo-Final-2013-RGB-300x150Seven MTI trainers hold key positions in 11 Christian publications singled out for awards this month at the annual convention of the Evangelical Press Association.

Awards of Excellence, the highest honor, went to Leadership Journal, edited by Marshall Shelley; Christianity Today and Christianity Today Online, edited by Mark Galli; and, edited by Matthew Branaugh. also won an award of merit in another category.

Other publications in the group led by Branaugh which won awards of merit include Church Law & Tax Report,, and Church Finance Today, with Chris Lutes.

Awards of Merit also went to Outreach, edited by James Long and, a campus publication of Palm Beach Atlantic University with advisor Dr. Michael Ray Smith

Two awards of merit in design went to EFCA Today and Worldwide Challenge, publications designed by Greg Breeding’s Journey Group

Together, the seven MTI trainers honored this year taught 10 MTI training events in eight countries and over the last three years led one online course and four Webinars.


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More good news for magazines

Magazines in the U.S. are experiencing a resurgence, according to the Evangelical Press Association, quoting a report from, a magazine database. Launches of new magazine titles grew in 2011, as did total advertising revenue, notes Doug Trouten, EPA director.

Launches of new magazines grew by nearly 24 percent last year, while the number of magazines going out of business dropped by nearly 14 percent. This is good news for a magazine industry whose demise was widely predicted during the worst years of the recession. Advertising revenues, which fell off sharply in the last few years, turned the corner and began growing again, increasing 2 percent, while ad pages dropped 1 percent.

These statistics cover all publications, and may not reflect reality in the Christian magazine publishing world, which is still struggling to regain its footing after dropping at least a dozen established national publications representing hundreds of thousands of subscribers.

According to, the largest single category of new titles were food-related, followed by regional magazines. However, regional magazines was the category with the largest number of closures last year, followed by bridal magazines.